Porsche’s entry-level Macan debuts with 4-cylinder turbo engine

Article by Christian A., on March 11, 2016

As part of plans to extend its compact SUV lineup, Porsche is releasing the entry-level model of the new Porsche Macan. It comes with a specifically tailored four-cylinder turbo engine. Moreover, the Porsche Cayenne will also have the latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM).

The Porsche Macan's turbocharged 2-liter engine offers 252 hp or 185 kW from 5.000 to 6.800 rpm. Like all Macan models, it comes with a standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. As a result, the vehicle accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

With the optional Sport Chrono-Package, it can even be reduced down to just 6.5 seconds. The Porsche Macan boasts a top speed of 229 km/h.

Furthermore, it offers outstanding fuel efficiency. According to the NEDC, the new vehicle consumes about 7.2 liters to 7.4 liters per 100 km depending on the mounted wheel and tire combination.

The entry-level Porsche Macan is now available in Germany starting at €55,669 inclusive of market-specific equipment and VAT. It is expected to have its market launch in June 2016.

Exterior Design

The entry-level model differs from other models in terms of styling and engineering details. Distinguished exterior features include black brake calipers in the back of the 18-inch wheels, exhaust system with two brushed-stainless-steel-made single tailpipes, and side window trim strips in black.

Many of its standard features are similar to those offered with the S models'. The standard equipment includes seats with electric eight-way adjustment on the driver's side, latest generation PCM, lane-departure warning system, Alcantara middle seat panels, and a powered tailgate.

Powertrain

The core is specifically designed to meet sporty specifications. It operates with up to two bars of boost pressure, variable valve timing, petrol direct injection, and change air cooling. The VarioCam Plus feature also adapts the intake and exhaust camshaft continuously and controls the exhaust valve lifts.

Delivering 370 Nm of torque at about 1.600 rpm to 4.500 rpm, the engine enables the vehicle to perform fast overtaking maneuvers.

Like any other Porsche offering, the Porsche Macan can convert its engine power into exceptional driving dynamics, as promised by the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system in interplay with precise steering and agile suspension.

An optional air suspension system with leveling control including the PASM with adaptive dampers can also be availed for a better driving experience. The Porsche Macan is by far the lightest SUV offering of Porsche, coming in at an unladen weight of 1.77 kg that is translated into agile handling.

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Entry-level model with turbocharged four-cylinder engine: Porsche Macan

Porsche is extending its line-up of compact SUVs by adding the new Macan entry-level model. Its four-cylinder turbo engine was specifically tailored to this vehicle, which is the sports car of the SUV segment. Furthermore, the Cayenne will now be equipped with the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM).

The turbocharged two-liter engine in the Macan delivers 185 kW (252 hp) from 5.000 to 6.800 rpm and comes standard with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission like all Macans. As a result, the Macan delivers impressive acceleration: It is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, and with the optional Sport Chrono-Package, the time is reduced to 6.5 seconds. The top speed is 229 km/h. In terms of fuel consumption, the Macan proves to be very efficient: Depending on the mounted wheel and tire combination, the Macan consumes 7.4 l/100 km to 7.2 l/100 km according to the NEDC.

Sporty turbocharged four-cylinder
The in-line four-cylinder engine is designed to be particularly sporty and efficient: It operates with up to two bar of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, petrol direct injection and variable valve timing. VarioCam Plus adapts the intake and exhaust camshaft continually and also controls the lift of the exhaust valves. Its powerful 370 Nm of torque available between 1.600 rpm and 4.500 rpm, for instance, enables fast overtaking maneuvers.

As is characteristic for all Porsche models, the Macan is capable of converting its engine power into exceptionally sporty driving dynamics. This is ensured by the standard Porsche Traction Management PTM active all-wheel drive system in interplay with an agile suspension and precise steering. An air suspension system with levelling control including the PASM with adaptive dampers is available as an option. With an unladen weight of 1.770 kilograms, the Macan is the lightest SUV made by Porsche, which translates into agile handling.

Extensive level of standard equipment
Visually, and in its features, the new entry-level model only differs from other more powerful models in its details. Exterior distinguishing characteristics are side window trim strips in black, also black brake callipers in back of the 18-inch wheels and an exhaust system with two single tailpipes made of brushed stainless steel. Many of the vehicle’s standard features are the same as those in the S models. For example, the Macan has comfort seats with electric eight-way adjustment on the driver’s side, Alcantara middle seat panels, the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), a lane-departure warning system and a powered tailgate.

The Macan is available to order now and starts at 55.669 Euro in Germany including VAT and market-specific equipment. The market launch will take place in June 2016.

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